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N.F. Weeden

Linkage maps consisting primarily of molecular markers have been constructed in pea and apple. Different approaches have been taken to generate these maps. For pea, F2 and recombinant inbred populations have been used to study segregating loci, and a critical factor has been the selection of sufficiently divergent inbred parents for the crosses. In contrast, a double pseudotestcross format has been used in apple, and virutally every variety possesses sufficient heterozygosity to permit the development of a map by examination of the F1. Markers have been identified for many genes in each crop.

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C.J. Simon and N.F. Weeden

The ribosomal genes of the two crab apple (Malus) genotypes White Angel' and `Robusta 5' were characterized to determine the extent of between- and within-genotype heterogeneity. Initial investigations with a cloned sequence of soybean rDNA failed to detect some Malus intergenic spacer region fragments. An alternative probing method that used electrophoretically purified Malus rDNA was developed. Double-digests of total genomic DNA with combinations of 13 restriction endonucleases identified the positions of 35 restriction sites. Restriction site polymorphism was observed both between and within the crab apple genotypes. Ribosomal DNA from White Angel' was cloned in phage and plasmid vectors and mapped with 11 enzymes. The region of the spacer causing length heterogeneity was identified. These clones should be useful as genetic markers and for examining population dynamics and systematic of Malus and closely related taxa.

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F.S. Cheng, S.K. Brown and N.F. Weeden

A DNA extraction protocol was developed for tissues from woody species. DNA was extracted successfully from 11 species and five different types of tissues and was suitable for RAPD and restriction analysis. Spermine precipitation was used to further purify DNA. The protocol can be used for large-scale analysis and mini-preparations.

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J. Yu, W.K. Gu, R. Provvidenti and N.F. Weeden

Two random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers linked to En, the gene conferring resistance to pea enation mosaic virus in pea, were identified and the DNA fragments were cloned and partially sequenced. Allele-specific associated primers for each cloned DNA fragment were developed and used in screening F2 populations. One marker, P256900, mapped very near Adh-1, about 6 cM from En. The other marker, B500400, was located about 8 cM from En on the same side as P256900.

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M.A. Dalbó, G.N. Ye, N.F. Weeden, W.F. Wilcox and B.I. Reisch

The efficiency of marker-assisted selection for powdery mildew (Uncinula necator (Schw.) Burr) resistance in grapes (Vitis L. sp.) was studied using molecular markers associated with a major QTL (quantitative trait loci) for this trait. Initially, genetic maps were constructed from a segregating population of the cross `Horizon' × Illinois 547-1 (a hybrid between V. rupestris Scheele and V. cinerea Engelm.). A major QTL from Ill. 547-1, the resistant parent, explained 41% of the variation. One RAPD (randomly amplified polymorphic DNA) marker and one AFLP (amplified fragment length polymorphism) marker, obtained by bulked segregant analysis, showed the highest association with powdery mildew resistance in the mapping population. Segregation of the QTL was followed in different crosses by CAPS (cleaved amplified polymorphic sequence) markers developed from these two markers. An allele-specific amplified polymorphism that segregates as present/absent was also developed from the CS25b locus. Powdery mildew resistance was evaluated visually on a 1 to 5 scale in four different seedling populations. Two populations originated from crosses using Ill. 547-1 as the resistant parent. Two other populations were from crosses with NY88.0514.03, a resistant seedling from the original `Horizon' × Ill. 547-1 mapping population. Segregation ratio distortions were observed in some crosses. In these cases, the allele associated with the QTL for powdery mildew resistance was less frequent than the alternate allele. In all crosses, the markers were closely associated with resistance. If selection were based on markers, the percentage of susceptible individuals (classes 4 and 5) would decrease from 24% to 52% to 2% to 18%. Selection efficiency was greatest in crosses where segregation distortion was most intense.

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S. Brauner, R.L. Murphy, J.G. Walling, J. Przyborowski and N.F. Weeden

DNA primers for 37 genes have been developed in pea (Pisum sativum L.). Two-thirds of these primers also amplify orthologous sequences in lentil (Lens culinaris). The primers were designed to be complementary to highly conserved sequences in exons of known genes. In addition, most of the priming sequences were selected to be 1000 to 3000 bp distant on the genomic DNA and to amplify a fragment that contained at least one intron. Segregating sequence polymorphism in mapping populations of recombinant inbred lines (RILs) derived from wide crosses in Pisum was observed by restriction of the amplified fragment with endonucleases recognizing four-base restriction sites. Successful mapping of 36 of these genes in pea demonstrated the utility of these primers for mapping, and it appears likely that the primers should have general utility for comparative mapping in legumes.

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A.G. Manganaris, F.H. Alston, N.F. Weeden, H.S. Aldwinckle, H.L. Gustafson and S.K. Brown

Pgm-1, the gene responsible for variation in the most anodal isozyme of phosphoglucomutase in apple (Malus spp.), is shown to lie ≈8 centiMorgans from the gene Vf, which confers apple-scab resistance. The proximity of the marker and the ease by which allozymic forms can be resolved suggest that Pgm-1 will be useful for following the inheritance of scab resistance conferred by Vf.